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Dr S. (Saurabh) Khanna

Assistant Professor of Communication Science
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Youth & Media Entertainment

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • About me

    I am an Assistant Professor of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, and a Research Associate at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. My research is aimed at quantifying the limits of human knowledge in an increasingly digitized world. Some of my ongoing projects include:

    • quantifying diversity and incompleteness in information on the internet
    • studying diversity in global occupation imagery using Google Images and ILO reports
    • studying diversity in entertainment media using the IMDb corpus
    • scientometric analyses of communication and media studies
    • ‘misinfotainment’ and the blurring lines between political and entertainment communication

    I received my PhD in education policy (minor in computer science) from Stanford University, where I was a Human-centered AI Fellow, a Stanford Data Science Scholar, and a William R and Sara Hart Kimball Fellow. My prior background spans computer science engineering (BITS Pilani), economics (Stanford), and education (TISS). More here.

  • Publications


    • Ulitzsch, E., Khanna, S., Rhemtulla, M., & Domingue, B. W. (2023). A graph theory based similarity metric enables comparison of subpopulation psychometric networks. Psychological Methods. Advance online publication.


    • Khanna, S., Ball, J., Alperin, J. P., & Willinsky, J. (2022). Recalibrating the scope of scholarly publishing: A modest step in a vast decolonization process. Quantitative Science Studies, 1-19.
    • Loyalka, P., Shi, Z., Li, G., Kardanova, E., Chirikov, I., Yu, N., Hu, S., Wang, H., Ma, L., Guo, F., Liu, O. L., Bhuradia, A., Khanna, S., Li, Y., & Murray, A. (2022). The effect of faculty research on student learning in college. Educational Researcher, 51, 265-273.


    • Loyalka, P., Liu, O. L., Li, G., Kardanova, E., Chirikov, I., Hu, S., Yu, N., Ma, L., Guo, F., Beteille, T., Tognatta, N., Gu, L., Ling, G., Federiakin, D., Wang, H., Khanna, S., Bhuradia, A., Shi, Z., & Li, Y. (2021). Skill levels and gains in university STEM education in China, India, Russia and the United States. Nature Human Behaviour, 5, 892-904.
    • McFarland, D. A., Khanna, S., Domingue, B. W., & Pardos, Z. A. (2021). Education Data Science: Past, Present, Future. AERA Open, 7, 23328584211052055.


    • Silverman, R. D., Johnson, E., Keane, K., & Khanna, S. (2020). Beyond Decoding: A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Language Comprehension Interventions on K–5 Students’ Language and Literacy Outcomes. Reading Research Quarterly, 55, S207-S233.


    • Loyalka, P., Liu, O. L., Li, G., Chirikov, I., Kardanova, E., Gu, L., Ling, G., Yu, N., Guo, F., Ma, L., Hu, S., Johnson, A. S., Bhuradia, A., Khanna, S., Froumin, I., Shi, J., Choudhury, P. K., Beteille, T., Marmolejo, F., & Tognatta, N. (2019). Computer science skills across China, India, Russia, and the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(14), 6732-6736.


    • Khanna, S. (2017). Through the Sociological Lens: Learning Mathematics in a Mumbai Classroom. For the Learning of Mathematics, 37, 24-26.
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